Archives

Meet the Mosses

By Kelly A. Omand | April 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Meet the Mosses

There are different ways to go about enjoying mosses: from a distance they form a richly textured background in a forest, or a carpet across an abandoned sandy area, mixed with reindeer lichen. The color spectrum of mosses is heavy in the greens, but you can also find red or coral tinged mosses, or ones…

Nature hasn’t cancelled Spring- our shorebirds are here and ready to nest!

By Karen C. Beattie | April 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Nature hasn’t cancelled Spring- our shorebirds are here and ready to nest!

These days, it seems like everything we took for granted as normal is getting cancelled, closed or postponed due to COVID-19. From a socio-economic perspective, it is apparent that this coming summer will be nothing like recent seasons here on Nantucket. For those of us who love nature and the outdoors, the ongoing rhythm of…

Quarantine & Spring Peepers

By Neil Foley | April 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Quarantine & Spring Peepers

This weeks blog comes from our local School-to-Career Intern, Lily Bartlett! Lily has been an incredible help and has been working hard on a wide variety of projects since she started with us in September . Thank you again, Lily! As coronavirus has taken over our usual routines, we can turn to nature as a…

A Nantucket Backdrop for Zoom

By Neil Foley | April 5, 2020 | Comments Off on A Nantucket Backdrop for Zoom

Meetings on Zoom have suddenly become a huge part of the Work-From-Home lifestyle in the time of quarantine. Video chatting is the new normal for work meetings, school lessons, and catching up with friends over the last few weeks. This detour and increased screen time can leave some people a little drained, which is why…

Our Properties Are Open!

By Karen C. Beattie | March 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Our Properties Are Open!

Getting outside and enjoying Nantucket’s natural world is a great way to do something enjoyable while practicing safe social distancing! The Foundation’s properties are open from sunrise to sunset. We have put together a self-guided property exploration that will introduce you to some of our conservation lands, teach you a few unique things about each…

Nantucket Conservation Foundation Sticker Design Contest

By Neil Foley | March 5, 2020 | Comments Off on Nantucket Conservation Foundation Sticker Design Contest

Calling all artists, graphic designers, people who love a good doodle, and otherwise conservation-minded creatives!! The Nantucket Conservation Foundation has decided to reach out to our community to help promote and advocate for a very important habitat. As we enter 2020, the island community of Nantucket faces an urgent need for planning and action to…

Coming Soon to the Altar Rock Area…

By Karen C. Beattie | February 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Coming Soon to the Altar Rock Area…

Within the next few weeks, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation will be initiating a project to remove non-native, invasive Japanese black pines (Pinus thunbergii) within a 2.03-acre management unit in the Middle Moors along Altar Rock Road, immediately to the northwest of Altar Rock. This work will improve habitat for rare plant, invertebrate and animal species,…

Wetland Biodiversity Matters, World Wetlands Day 2020

By Jen Karberg | February 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Wetland Biodiversity Matters, World Wetlands Day 2020

By Dr. Jen Karberg, Research Program Supervisor Last Saturday was World Wetlands Day – a day designed to celebrate the beauty, ecology, value and uniqueness of wetlands around the world. These days, it’s no argument how important wetlands are from marshes that provide homes for ducks and fish to raingardens in splendid summer flower capturing…

Nantucket Winter Botany: The Little Green Guys

By Kelly A. Omand | February 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Nantucket Winter Botany: The Little Green Guys

While Nantucket can’t usually lay claim to epic snowfalls and frigid temperatures, the colder months bring a chilly dormancy to most plants. Rather than expose their leaves to the freezing temperatures and desiccating salty winds, most of our plants and trees shed their leaves. Conifers such as pitch and Japanese pine, and red cedar with…

Bats in your Basement?

By Danielle O'Dell | January 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Bats in your Basement?

By: Danielle O’Dell, Ecologist/Field Supervisor This may not be the time of year that you would typically think would be great for finding bats but we are hopeful that we might get a few reports from the Nantucket community! During the winter, Northern long-eared bats hibernate. In other parts of the Northeast, they are known…